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We May Be One, but Certain Feelings Endure

Shortly after we arrived at the Capitol, we got a lesson not only in national unity, but in how certain feelings from the campaign just won’t go away.

Here in Section 16, there was an enormous roar when Bruce Springsteen walked by, loud cheers when Ted Kennedy appeared on the Jumbotron and a respectful silence for John McCain. But when Sen. Joe Lieberman, who famously crossed the political aisle to support McCain, showed up on the screen, the entire crowd called out with boisterous boos. The Senate Democrats may have given Lieberman his committee chairmanship, but many in his party's rank and file still don’t forgive him.

Bipartisan comity was quickly restored, though. The crowd reacted loudly and warmly for Condoleezza Rice and Laura Bush.

By E.J. Dionne  | January 20, 2009; 11:08 AM ET
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